Science: Drop to Drink

For the war's shipwrecked, the water, water everywhere which is not fit to drink is torture. A naval officer, a physiologist and a physicist have now announced three possible ways to make sea water potable.

> In London, Lieut. J. H. G. Goodfellow, R.N.V.R., demonstrated to the Ministry of War Transport a simple stove for lifeboat use which can distill six quarts of fresh water at a time. Compact and light (28 lb.), the little still can burn kerosene or wood.

> At the University of Minnesota, Physiologist Maurice B. Visscher has developed a one-man "belly still" (worn strapped around the waist)...

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